Mark Ferron

Former Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission

Mark Ferron's unique expertise has made him an authority when it comes to the intersection of energy, environment, finance and philanthropy. Ferron currently serves on the Board of Governors of the California Independent System Operator, which manages the high-voltage electricity system in California and parts of the west. He is also on the Board of Trustees of the Rocky Mountain Institute and is active with a number of environmental and other mission-driven organizations. From 2011 to 2014, Ferron was a Commissioner on the California Public Utilities Commission, focused on renewable energy, energy efficiency and resource adequacy.  Before moving to California in 2009, he spent 25 years in global finance, banking and operations, including serving as chief operating officer for the Global Markets Division of Deutsche Bank in London.

Ferron holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in economics from Stanford University.

Live Event Appearances

Podcast Guest Appearances

Can California Get to 100% Clean Power?

California is on track to reach 50% renewable energy by the year 2030. But can we do better? What would it take to get us to 100% clean power by 2050?

Mark Ferron, Board of Governors, California Independent System Operator
Mark Jacobson, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University
Steve Malnight, Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, PG&E

This program was recorded in front of a live audience at the Commonwealth Club of California on August 23, 2016

C1 Revue: Can Our Connected Lives Be Green and Safe?

California has committed to getting one-half of its electricity from renewable sources by the year 2030. But clean energy advocates say the state could be more ambitious and shoot for 100% clean electricity. Still, not everyone agrees on how the existing energy grid can integrate new technologies, or whether getting to 100% is even technically possible yet. On today's program, we hear how smart technology and the "Internet of things" can be part of the solution, while making our lives greener, safer, and more convenient.